Tunisian crochet is a popular technique for creating a variety of different projects. Find free Tunisian crochet patterns for pretty bags, useful kitchen accessories, and more.
Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns for Women's Accessories:
You can make a variety of fashion accessories using Tunisian crochet.
Tunisian Crochet Bags and Purses
Tunisian crochet is well-suited to making purses and bags that are both sturdy and attractive.
This striped crochet bag almost appears woven, but it is definitely crocheted. The bag is made using afghan stitch, otherwise known as Tunisian simple stitch.
This bag has crocheted handles, which means that you do not have to purchase separate purse handles to complete it.
- Learn how to crochet the striped afghan stitch pattern.
- See a close-up photo of the stripes.
- Free pattern for the striped crochet bag
- Learn how to carry yarn up the sides of your work when crocheting stripes.
This purse combines two popular crochet techniques - Tunisian crochet and beaded crochet. To put the finishing touches on the apple, you also get to indulge in a bit of cross stitching. Tunisian crochet offers a unique surface for working cross stitch designs.
Tunisian Crochet Patterns for the Home
Tunisian crochet is well-suited to making projects for home decor. Here are some free Tunisian crochet patterns for making projects to accent and decorate your home.
The phrase "faux knit" refers to Tunisian knit stitch, a Tunisian crochet stitch which looks quite a bit like knitting. If you haven't yet learned how to crochet that stitch, this dishcloth gives you the ideal opportunity. The dishcloth is easy to crochet, and the free pattern is available on our website.
These potholders are a bit fancier than the plainer ones pictured above, but they are also very easy to crochet. The body of the potholder is worked in Tunisian simple stitch, and the edging is worked in V-stitches.
These potholders were designed to match a lacy cotton dishcloth; you can crochet both projects for a coordinating set.
You can use Tunisian crochet to create color blends in the same row of stitches. This can be accomplished by working the forward pass and the return in different colors. It's easy, but the results look complex and sophisticated.
This potholder explores some possibilities for blending the primary colors - red, yellow, and blue. There are many amazing effects you can achieve using this simple concept of color blending. These potholders are fantastic introduction to the concept if it is new to you.
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A rainbow dishcloth completes this set.
These festive potholders are worked in red and white stripes of Tunisian simple stitch, and then cross stitched in green for the finishing touches. They make great gifts, and can be crocheted at any time of the year if you want to get a head start on making your holiday gifts.
This potholder is much less complicated than it looks. At first glance, you might think it would involve a mess of complex color changes, but it doesn't. The colors are all incorporated into one variegated yarn.
The zigzag / argyle pattern happened naturally as a result of the combination of yarn, pattern and stitches; I didn't have to go out of my way to create it. This phenomenon is known as "color flashing."
The variegated yarn helps to keep this project interesting. As you crochet, you'll find yourself constantly anticipating the next stitch, just to see what the yarn will do next.
These potholders are very similar to the ones shown above, only the colors are blues instead of browns.
This dishcloth is another one of those projects that looks complicated, but isn't. It's actually very easy. The variegated yarn does all the colorwork for you. You don't even have to change colors until you get to the edging.
These potholders are crocheted with two different variegated yarns, which makes this a fascinating (but still super easy!) project to crochet. Want to see more photos? This page features a larger picture of the potholders, plus a close-up of the afghan stitch design, plus a photo of the yarns I used to crochet my project samples.
This ombre dishcloth is crocheted in afghan stitch, with an edging of single crochet. The colors are rich, lovely earth tones. This dishcloth utilizes a couple of different variegated yarns in harmony with a solid colored border. It's a satisfying project that works up quickly, and the end result is both functional and decorative. You can click here to check out additional photos of this project.
(Not pictured.) This dishcloth is a color variation of the one pictured here. In addition to the earth tones, it includes a beautiful blue yarn.
This potholder gives you an example of one of the creative things that can be done with afghan stitch; you can work cross stitch on top of this stitch, using it instead of aida fabric to create intricate colorful designs.
The potholder you see pictured was a collaborative effort by Amy Solovay, your Guide to crochet at About.com, and Connie Barwick, your Guide to cross stitch. Amy designed the crocheted potholder pattern, and Connie designed the color chart for working the cross stitch. Both free patterns are available here at About.com: